WHY ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?
The answer to this question will profoundly affect the way you live out your Christian life. There are two possible answers.
You could answer it this way: “I am a Christian because my sins have been forgiven and I am going to heaven when I die.” Salvation (the forgiveness of your sins and asking Jesus to be your Saviour) is your passport to heaven. You have lost your guilt, you are assured of God’s help and you have escaped hell. Now you can live in the knowledge that your eternal destiny is secure and help in trouble is only a prayer away.
Is this the way the Bible presents the meaning and purpose of Jesus’ coming to earth?
Heaven and earth are at war. Satan challenged God for the position of highest authority over God’s creation. He has already won the human race through deceit and stamped us with his rebellious nature. Jesus took up the challenge by coming to earth as a human being to live our life of perfect obedience to the Father. He was the only one capable of rescuing us from the devil’s clutches and giving us another chance to come back under God’s authority. If Satan could get Him to do one thing in His life on His own initiative, the contest would be over and Satan would have won. God would have been dethroned and we would be under an eternal regime worse than Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe!
We know the story. Jesus won, exposed Satan as the liar and the usurper, and stripped him of his authority. By dying as a sinless substitute, He paid the penalty for our rebellion, and rescued us from Satan’s clutches. He was instated by God as the lawful King over God’s all creation.
So now the issue is: Whom will you worship? On the day of Pentecost, preaching to the Jews in Jerusalem, Peter put it like this: “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:36. Through the resurrection of Jesus, God proved that Satan’s last weapon, death, could not hold Him in the grave. He was the winner. Now He offers us, through union with Him by faith, a share in His Kingdom
He leaves the choice to us. God has put His rightful king back on the throne of the universe. We must choose who will reign over our lives. If we do nothing, we remain under the dominion of Satan and will take everything that’s coming to him as the one Jesus whipped. If we choose Jesus as King, the Holy Spirit, God’s representative on earth, resurrects our dead spirits, and comes to live and rule over us as His temples. We enjoy all the benefits of sonship because we have been adopted into His family as His own children.
So why are you a Christian?
Are you a Christian because you want a free ticket to heaven or are you a Christian because Jesus is the rightful ruler over your life. Your reason will make all the difference!
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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